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Just Desserts

Australia, 1993 (MIFF 1993, Fiction)

Director: Monica Pellizzari

While Maria Stroppi is discovering her body and her sexuality, her mother is in the kitchen. Maria's first period is evoked through the crushing of grapes for wine and making of Venetian fritters parallels her first attempt at masturbation. Maria easily survives the chastising of her mother, and the episode on the surfboard with her savage sense of humour. Utilising split-screen techniques and a witty episodic structure, Monica Pellizzari continues her exploration of the Italo-Australian teen experience, confident that Maria will reap her Just Desserts!

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